Caltrain to use electric train cars from 2024

The US-based rail service Caltrain has revealed new electric cars as part of Caltrain’s electrification project.

The electric train cars are scheduled to enter service in 2024, after tests to validate the operational condition of the trains and related infrastructure are completed.

Built by Stadler US at their Utah plant, the trains have so far been tested for braking, propulsion, ride quality and positive train control and electromagnetic interference.

The new vehicles feature enhanced amenities such as digital on-board displays, proper power outlets, energy-efficient lighting, coat hooks, security cameras and increased under-seat storage.

Each train set will consist of seven carriages.

The trains are said to generate less noise as well as accelerate and decelerate faster compared to their diesel versions.

US spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said, “The arrival of these new electric trains marks an exciting step toward providing greener and easier transportation options for Californians.

“Caltrain’s electrification initiative will mean quieter neighborhoods, cleaner air and faster commutes for working families.”

Launched in 2017, Caltrain’s electrification project seeks to replace diesel trains along the corridor from San Francisco Station to Tamien Station in San Jose.

The project will also support net zero goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and congestion, as well as improving air quality.

The project is expected to set the framework for California’s future high-speed rail network.

In December 2021, the cost of the electrification project increased from $1.98 billion to $2.44 billion due to an agreement with the contractor Balfour Beatty.

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